Planning for the next Cavalcade of Authors West conference has begun. While there are still COVID-19 restrictions regarding gatherings and events, and the future guidelines and activities are unknown at this time, the Board of Directors for COAWest is discussing options of all kinds.
The event may look and feel different for 2021, but the goal of COAWest has always been to provide interactions between young readers and writers and the authors they love.
Look for more updates in the coming weeks and months as decisions are made, and as always, we appreciate your enthusiasm and participation in this event that we love so much.
Carina, Carrie, Kari, Kim, and Virginia
COA West 2020 Writing Contest Winners
Congratulations to this years Writing Contest Winners! Please check out their stories here. Even though our event is not happening this year, our 2020 winners are published on our website, will receiving a Fast Pass for the autograph lines at the 2021 conference, a gift card to B&N, and some cool COA West swag!
Congratulations to our Middle Grade Winner!
The middle level short story winner is "A Second Chance" by Sophia Foster, a student at Drum Intermediate in University Place School District. Some of Sophia's favorite books include the Wings of Fire, Maze Runner, and Harry Potter series. She admires authors Tai Sutherland, Erin Hunter, James Dashner. When it comes to her writing process, Sophia says "I am mostly a planner, but really I'm a mix of the two."
Congratulations to our High School Winner!
The high school short story winner is "Music Personified" by Skylar Viene, a student at Spanaway Lake High School in Bethel School District. Her favorite books include the Throne of Glass series, School for Good and Evil, Renegades, Illuminae, Caraval, Not Even Bones, and Sadie. She admires authors Sarah J Maas, Marissa Meyer, Soman Chainani, and Rebecca Schaeffer. When considering her writing process, Skylar said, "[I'm] mostly a plotter but I’d say there is definitely a pantser portion of my story making. Often time when I get an idea I’ll just... not write it. I’ll let it sit in my head for awhile and let my mind figure out which way the story should go. If the direction it’s going is too cliché then I’ll just go a different way with it. Only when I had the bare bones of a projects do I write them down. Then comes the continuous adding and subtracting of events and twists, till it forms something akin to a map of the major events. I’ll write those singular moments while I figure out what I’m gonna put in between to make a cohesive story.”
COA West 2020 Canceled
As you know, we at Cavalcade of Authors West have been closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 virus in our state. We were very much looking forward to yet another successful event. As always, our priority is the health and well-being of everyone involved, both in Cavalcade as an event and in our community. This morning, the governor mandated that in the interest of public health, all events over 250 people are banned. Even if that ban is lifted, our board has elected to cancel this year’s event. We did everything in our power to stay-the-course, but ultimately, our goal is to create a safe space, so we are following the guidance of the local public health officials and have decided to look ahead to 2021.
Our hearts go out to the country at this time, and to everyone impacted by the COVID-19 virus. While we don’t yet have a date for our 2021 event, we will be working to secure a date and will keep you informed as details emerge. Our priority is to make 2021 an equally amazing event!
We are currently processing refunds. If you paid by check, you will receive a check in the mail. Those who paid with credit card, should see a refund on your next statement. The contact person from your school will receive an email confirming the refund.
The writing contest will go on as planned! If you have entries, please send them to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by this Friday the 13th. The winners will have their stories posted on our website, as well as receiving a Fast Pass for the lines at the 2021 conference, a gift card to B&N, and some cool COA West swag!
We want to thank all of you for your ongoing patience and support. Stay tuned to our website and social channels for details about what we’ll have in store for 2021! And, as always, please let us know if you have any questions.
We need an army of volunteers for our conference on Saturday, May 9th, 2020. If you have an interest in volunteering at Cavalcade of Authors West, please complete the survey and let us know in what capacity you're able to serve. There are many different tasks involved and outlined in the survey. We will do our best to slate you where you'd like to be slated, but ultimately have a lot of spots to fill and may need to place you somewhere that fits our needs for the day (and week!). We appreciate your willingness to volunteer!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need anything clarified. Thank you all so very, very much for your willingness to help us (and 1,000 kids!) out!
We're thrilled to announce that #COAWest20 registration is at full capacity!
We no longer have any room for more students at this time, but there is still hope. If you would like to be on the WAITLIST in case spots open up,
please email email@example.com with the subject line: WAITLIST.
Please give us the following information:
Our 2020 AUTHORS & WORKSHOPS page is up and updated! Make sure you are ready for school registration on November 1st, and have students looking at the Authors & Workshops page so they are ready to sign up for their workshops as soon as your school has paid. The Registration page will go live at 12:01 am on November 1. We've got room for 1,000...Be ready!
All of the details for 2020 can be found on our COA West 2020 page. And then, of course, our amazing author list is below!
Join us in welcoming the authors coming to Cavalcade of Authors West 2020!
Cavalcade of Authors West 2019 t-shirts are here! Order now and pick them up at COA West on May 11th. This is a perfect way to commemorate a perfect day.
WRITING CONTEST IS UNDERWAY!
We're only a few months away from our big Cavalcade of Authors West event on May 11th, and what better way to get students excited about the big day than a (writing) contest??? The Rules:
It’s simple, really. All students have to do is submit any original work of fiction under 1500 words. This is your chance to flex your creative muscles.
School librarians or teachers will collect and choose the best one to represent your school. The deadline to have your school’s entry to us is March 8, 2019.
Prizes are TBA. There will be two winners, one at the middle level and one at the high school level.
Winners will be announced live at the Cavalcade event on May 11th and will have their work published on our website.
Now, get out there and spread the word—we’re looking forward to reading your exciting entries!
Yep! We've added two more authors...because 21 was not enough! We are so excited to welcome two fabulous Seattle talents, Kevin Emerson (COA West author x 3!) and newcomer Greg Smith! Be sure to check out their bios, workshops and exciting list of titles on our Authors & Workshops page right now. And then, get signed up to hang out with them at #COAWest19!
Here we go, Cavalcaders! 2019 is lining up to be fabulous already. We will add to this list as it is finalized, but so far, here's who you can get excited about:
April 15, 2018
Meet our Master of Ceremonies - Jennifer LaGarde!
Come one, come all! Gather round, we have some important news! The COA West Board would like to introduce you to our Emcee (Master of Ceremonies) for the Cavalcade of Authors West 2018 event! Jennifer will moderate the Author Panels (yes, all four!), and will help guide the questions/discussion in a way that only she can. We're excited for you to meet this amazing librarian AND amazing human. Please give her a warm welcome when you see her on May 12th!
Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) is a lifelong educator and learner. With over twenty years of experience in public education, Jennifer has served as a classroom teacher, a teacher librarian, a digital teaching and learning specialist, a district level support staff and a state-wide leader as a consultant for both the NC Dept of Public Instruction and the Friday Institute for Instructional Innovation. Jennifer is a past winner of the ALA, New York Times and Carnegie Corporation’s "I Love My Librarian Award" and she was also named a Library Journal "Mover and Shaker” for her efforts as a school library advocate. Jennifer earned her bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English/Language Arts from the University of NC at Wilmington. And she earned her Master’s in Library Science from Appalachian State University. She also holds National Board Certification in the area of School Library Media. Jennifer currently works with teachers, librarians, instructional technologists, instructional coaches and both building and district level leaders, around the world, to develop innovative instructional practices that both serve the literacy needs of students and that infuse technology in meaningful ways. Jennifer has published numerous articles on best educational practices for journals like Teacher Librarian, ISTE, School Library Connections and Knowledge Quest. Jennifer currently resides in Olympia, Washington where she spends time chasing after her three dogs, drinking lots of coffee and updating her award winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl where she proves you don’t have to be super hero to be a teacher librarian, but having a cape sure helps.
March 26, 2018
T-shirt orders for Cavalcade of Authors West 2018 are open! Use the link below to get yours ordered today. We will not be selling shirts the day of the event, only via online pre-order through Saturday, April 21st.
We will distribute shirts at registration at COA West 2018.
March 9, 2018
Just two months away!
February 18, 2018
We have recently added an "Anti-Harrassment Policy" to our program and our website. It is posted below, and can also be found on our About & Contact page.
The mission of Cavalcade of Authors West includes opportunities for young, aspiring writers to work with and be inspired by published authors, ultimately leading all participants to feel empowered by their experiences to move towards their own individual goals. With that in mind, Cavalcade of Authors West has a zero tolerance policy regarding harassment in any form by and towards any participant in our event from board members, students, teachers, volunteers, vendors, and authors. This includes, but is not limited to: race, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, religion, class, body size, veteran status, marital/domestic partnership status, citizenship
or any other marginalized identity.
It is our promise that all involved parties will feel safe and welcome. If at any time, we are not meeting that promise, please contact any board director personally or send notice to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
February 18, 2018
Cavalcade of Authors West’s 2018 author line-up will no longer include Jay Asher. A replacement has not been named at this time, but we will notify all schools and participants as soon as that information is available.
- Cavalcade of Authors West Board
If you would like to volunteer at Cavalcade of Authors West 2018, please complete the form on our Volunteer page. We will strive to meet your preferences, but we cannot guarantee a specific role. Opportunities will be limited, and we are so happy to have so much interest in helping us out, but we also can't promise all volunteers will be placed. Assignments will not be completed until closer to the event.
Please send an email to email@example.com if you have any questions or need any clarifications.
November 8, 2017
Well, less than ONE WEEK after we opened registration, we are FULL!
If you would like to be added to our 2018 WAITING LIST, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the # of students you want to bring, and "WAITING LIST" in the subject line.
Students who have already registered, don't forget to select your sessions once you get the workshop link!
Teachers--if your numbers change, please let us know--we have schools on a waiting list!
Here's to an AMAZING #COAWest18!
October 29, 2017
ARE YOU READY???
Registration is happening on Wednesday, November 1st (that's just 3 days away!). Some things to remember:
Registration opens on November 1st! Students, teachers, librarians--gather your friends and figure out which workshops and panels you want to attend. Don't dilly-dally, once the spots are gone, they're gone!
Did you miss the big news? Our 2018 Cavalcade of Authors West lineup was posted to our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages on September 21st! (It's a good idea to follow our socials because we break most of our news there first!)
Mark your calendars for May 12th, 2018--don't miss out on our awesome authors!
2017 Writing Contest Winners Published!
Be sure to visit our Writing Contest page to read the entries from our 2017 winning authors, Denise Gonzales from Lochburn Middle School and Alyssa Young from Lakes High School (Go Clover Park SD!). We are proud of these young authors, and can't wait to read their first published books! Congratulations, ladies!
The final details are in the works for NEXT SATURDAY! Yes, we are just days away from a once-in-a-lifetime experience at #COAWest17. All students who have preregistered have been assigned sessions and panels; any students who did not preregister for workshops will be assigned sessions at registration on the morning of the 6th. A logistics letter has been sent to all registered schools so that you know what to bring, what our schedule is, and what to expect of the day.
Some key reminders:
Sorry! We apologize for any inconvenience this past week while our website was under transition.
We can't wait to see your Writing Contest entries and Workshop Preference Forms--make sure to get those turned in soon!
Cavalcade of Authors West 2017 Registration is OPEN! Please go to our Registration page to sign your students up for our conference in just three easy steps.
**Please note that all our registration options are electronic. Payment by credit card will be through PayPal (hosted on our site). Checks and P.O.'s will also be accepted. All payments are due April 1, 2017.
Check out our Promotional Poster for #COAWest17! Teachers and librarians, use our poster to promote at school... Students, post, download, share, or just hang up in your bedroom--we're just as excited as you!
You'll see this image on our shirts for 2017, so make sure you don't miss out on that (details to follow closer to conference).
The details of the Writing Contest have been uploaded! Go check out the page to see how to get your original story to pay you big (well, in gift cards, probably)! All submissions are due to COA West by March 1st, and to your lead teacher even before that. We can't wait to read what you've got!
Our Cavalcade of Authors West schedule is available--check it out!
We made a few changes (partially because of our venue switch), but our start and end time are the same!
2017 Day-of Schedule
9:30-10:15 Session 1
10:25-11:10 Session 2
12:15-1:00 Session 3
1:10-1:55 Session 4
2:05-3:00 Author Signing
Check back soon for important news!